Confessions of a Hippie Mom (judge if you like)

Sometimes I like to just come out with all the things that I am sometimes embarrassed of or think people will judge me on, just to get it off my chest. Now is one of those times. I think part of me does this to prove to myself that I am not so crazy, while another part of me just wants to be seen as normal, so by sharing what I do on my blog, I hope to make the things I do normal! Why do I even care to be “normal” and what is “normal” anyways!?!?

The first thing that I have been ashamed to admit is that I am still breast-feeding. Some people are shocked to hear this as my little nugget will be two in December!!! I would have NEVER thought in a million years that I would nurse this long. NO WAY!!! Before Maisie was born, I said I would give it six months and see how it goes. Sometimes I get a bit paranoid and think I should probably try to wean her. I am no longer “offering” to nurse and trying to do my part to offer her a bottle or rub her back instead, but she just really isn’t wanting to give it up and with all our transition in life, I don’t really see why I should take this away from her. She only nurses at night and maybe in the morning sometimes. And I’ll admit it, sometimes at nap times as well. 🙂 Call me crazy, but I actually really enjoy these times with her. It’s really the only time she will cuddle with me anymore!! I’ll be sad the day it ends. So that is my first confession.

Second confession is that we still co-sleep. This isn’t really something I have been ashamed of, but it is again something I am surprised we do. When we started moving around a ton, it was just a lot easier to have Maisie in our bed. She would always wake up with familiar surroundings, her mom and dad. I will say however, I am totally looking forward to the day she has her own little toddler bed!!! I can’t wait!! I am not only excited to have my bed back, but also excited for her have her own little space that is her own. 

I can’t really think of anything else that is very hippie like. We never did cloth diapers, although I wish we would have. 

Let me just say really quick that one of the good things about living so far away from friends and family is that I am not pressured as much to parent certain ways. I do like that, but at the same time, it can also make things harder. It’s a positive and a negative. 

The real reason I wanted to share these confessions is to show you this video that I took of Maisie today!!! Soooo cute!!!


  1. Bandna on November 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Oh my gosh why is she the cutest thing in that video haha…shes topped you off with 2 babies nursing at the same time. I love you!

  2. Melea Bauer on November 21, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I swear eli nursed his glow worm the other day, he was carrying it around at his chest- I loved it! I’m jealous you still have a baby to nurse!

  3. Jen on November 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Melea, it is more like I have a toddler to nurse!! HAHAHA

  4. Mom on November 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    jen…i’m so glad you’re not pressured to ‘perform’ the way others think you should. i love that you and maisie have that bond…so critical with all the transition she’s gone through. i love that little nugget! i love her little voice and her hair is hilarious!

  5. mariah on November 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I read this post out loud to tim, it’s great. I think your “normal” cause I do both of those things and we use cloth!! breastfeeding really isn’t my favorite thing in the world but it gets the job done and It makes me feel relaxed.
    Are you guys going to have another baby anytime soon cause is sounds like you’re ready.

  6. Katie Fretland on November 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Well, as you know, I am still nursing Julia, and we are still in love with co-sleeping. The part where you wrote about Maisie waking up to familiar surroundings, it made me so comforted for her. Her home is with her very attached parents, not in her “own space”. I believe this is preparing her to view her “home” as relationship (one day,with her heavenly Father), rather than in 4 walls. She’s a Powell 🙂 Co-sleeping is not for everybody, but my cuddly mornings & night time triple spoon is ( in Napoleon voice) AHHsome. PS-I miss that nugget…

  7. jennifer on November 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Hey Jen!

    I think it’s so important that you are parenting in the way that you feel is best for your family.

    Emily turned one in November and I am still nursing her first thing in the morning. I will probably be finished weaning after this week and I am really having a hard time with that—mainly because of the bond that we have. I know I don’t have to do it, but I just feel like it’s time to move on….I think you’ll have a “feeling” when it is right for you to move on, but for now, Maisie obviously loves it too!

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